Lead Free Valve Products
The Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was went into effect nationwide on January 4, 2014. U.S.A Public Law 111-380. This law reduces lead content from 8 percent to 0.25 percent the amount of the lead allowed in "lead free" plumbing fixtures that touch drinking water. This is similar to the laws in the state of California and Vermont. The State of California has signed into law Senate Bill AB 1953 mandating the lead content of any plumbing/waterworks products that is exposed to the wetted surface of a water system. Flomatic® has been committed to providing products that exceed the requirements of lead content for over 18 years.
Flomatic® Valves is a company committed to preserving and improving the environment while producing valve products that meet the most stringent safety and health standards. Flomatic® introduced the industry’s first unleaded bronze ENVIRO CHECK®, in 1996, which have been recognized as an acceptable material for California Prop 65.
This bill has revised the term lead free, "to refer not to the lead content of pipes and pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures but to a weighted average lead content of the wetted surface area of the pipes, fittings, and fixtures of not more than 0.25%." Nick Farrara, VP of Sales, states, "We have taken a leadership role which will ensure continuous improvement in processes that impact on the environment. This is consistent with our environmental policy and our ISO 9001 and 14001 environmental registrations." Flomatic® has the solution for these requirements with "Enviro" bronze products.
Flomatic® products that are required to meet the law have been tested and certified by IAPMO to NSF/ANSI 372, an ANSI accredited third party to comply with the laws. Flomatic® introduced the industry’s first unleaded bronze check valves, in 1996, which have been recognized as an acceptable material for "lead free*". Flomatic® puts a "LF" on castings or an IAPMO sticker on valves to signify compliance.
*The wetted surface of the product contacted by consumable water contains less than one quarter of one percentage (0.25%) of lead by weight.
Valve that are intended for potable drinking water are certified by IAPMO on September 2013 as lead free Valve Products File No. 6249 to these standards:
- Section 1417(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act
- The lead content requirements of Section 116875 of the California Health & Safety Code
- NSF/ANSI 372-2010
- Maryland Lead Reduction Law (Maryland House Bill HB.372)